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Old 11-26-2011, 05:25 AM
 
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I know that we have some pretty savvy folks out here that use these things quite frequently and have a very good idea about their reliability. Therefore, based on your experience, which air compressor would get for work around the house regardless of the price ... the Bostitch or the Porter cable? Also, which one do you think is a better deal in the long term .. see link?

Shop Bostitch 2" Brad Nailer and Compressor Air Tool Kit at Lowes.com

C2005 6-Gallon Portable Electric Air Compressor-C2005 at The Home Depot
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:35 AM
 
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Both are similar in feature/function. Each with 6 gallon tank, 150PSI max. Bostitch comes with the nailer and PorterCable is just the tank so depending on if you need the nailer or not you can decide to go with either or. PC is 109, Bostitch is 169.

I personally prefer Porter Cable to Bostitch.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:38 AM
 
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Both are similar in feature/function. Each with 6 gallon tank, 150PSI max. Bostitch comes with the nailer and PorterCable is just the tank so depending on if you need the nailer or not you can decide to go with either or. PC is 109, Bostitch is 169.

I personally prefer Porter Cable to Bostitch.
Do you know if Porter Cable is made by a know tool maker? I know that Stanley makes the Bostitch.
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:48 AM
 
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I believe Porter Cable is made by Stanley as well. Stanley itself is owned by Black and Decker....all apples of the same tree.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:36 AM
 
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Check this out....... DEWALT DC608K 18V Cordless XRP 5-8-in - 2-in Brad Nailer Kit
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Therefore, based on your experience, which air compressor would get for work around the house regardless of the price ... the Bostitch or the Porter cable?
My hubby has two for different uses, a Husky and a Craftsman. He recommend one like the Campbell-Hausfeld with 5 different tools at Lowes for $150. He says get the one with the tools you will need- nailer, paint-sprayer, whatever. Longterm durablility doesn't matter that much if you are a typical homeowner using it a few times a year, but would if you were a contractor.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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I believe Porter Cable is made by Stanley as well. Stanley itself is owned by Black and Decker....all apples of the same tree.

Actually, PC is a stand alone company- a subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker today. The company has been bounced around, sold, and acquired a few times. Used to be a part of Rockwell, Delta machine tools, Pentair, and now Stanley Black & Decker- STILL MADE IN THE USofA!
For a home type compressor the main thing to look for is portability and oil-less pump. Which pretty much comprises the "pancake" versions. These compressors are great for trimwork when coupled with finish nailers, brad nailers, and crown staplers. They really aren't designed for framing nailers but, can sufficiently handle the duty if given time to recover.
Although PC is actually rather new to the airtool market (2002)- I personally prefer PC finish guns to other manufacturers because of feel and ease of operation.
Word of note- stay away from Campbell-Hausfeld Chinese junk.
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:12 AM
 
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I was shopping for the exact same thing about a year ago. Looking for a light-duty air compressor for pumping up car and bike tires, blowing off the tractor after use, blowing up the kiddie-pool and sport balls, light duty nailing, etc. I ended up buying this guy:

Makita USA - Tool Details - MAC2400

I've been very happy with it so far.
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:16 AM
 
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Actually, PC is a stand alone company- a subsidiary of Stanley Black & Decker today. The company has been bounced around, sold, and acquired a few times. Used to be a part of Rockwell, Delta machine tools, Pentair, and now Stanley Black & Decker- STILL MADE IN THE USofA!
For a home type compressor the main thing to look for is portability and oil-less pump. Which pretty much comprises the "pancake" versions. These compressors are great for trimwork when coupled with finish nailers, brad nailers, and crown staplers. They really aren't designed for framing nailers but, can sufficiently handle the duty if given time to recover.
Although PC is actually rather new to the airtool market (2002)- I personally prefer PC finish guns to other manufacturers because of feel and ease of operation.
Word of note- stay away from Campbell-Hausfeld Chinese junk.
The nailer would just be a bonus or good to have on hand around the house. My main thing is the compressor. I think the Bostitch is also Stanley.
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:31 AM
 
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Other than what I mentioned previously, look for this-
Certification by ASME-the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The ASME label will appear on the tank. All compressors do not have ASME certification. Only ASME certified compressors can be sold in some states.
Compressor tank failures have become more common. And not just old ones either. IR (Ingersol-Rand) had a rash of failures a few years back.
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